Jan 282014

We spent much of the weekend working on projects here at home, and though I was pretty much parked at my desk for ten or twelve hours, I didn’t get much accomplished. That’s frustrating.

I’ve been trying to format two of my e-books, Overlooked Arizonaand Overlooked Florida, for print. Usually that’s not a big deal using Adobe InDesign, the same program I use to put the Gypsy Journal and all of my print books together. But for some reason it just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate on this project, and all day long it was like taking one step forward and two steps backward.

Part of the problem it is that my darned iMac is starting (continuing actually) to act up again, locking up and forcing me to reboot several times. Oh well, today’s another day and I’ll hit it again.

We are staying on our friends Charles and Chris Yust’s lot here in the Yuma Foothills while they have been working as vendors at the big RV gathering in Quartzsite. The Big Tent closed Sunday, and yesterday afternoon they arrived back in town. Miss Terry knew they’d be worn out from the long hours at the show, so she made a delicious dinner of homemade chicken pot pie. We had not seen Charles and Chris since the Escapade rally in Gillette, Wyoming back in July and we had a nice visit as we enjoyed the food and then sat around talking afterward until their fatigue from long days in their vendor booth caught up with them and they went home to get some much deserved rest.

In yesterday’s blog I told you about RV Daily Report, an excellent website to keep up to date on what’s happening in the RV industry. They had an interview with John and Kathy Huggins from Living the RV Dream.

One comment from that interview was about some experienced RVers telling John and Kathy that they wished they had started doing it ten years earlier. We were 46 when we walked away from a good business and nice lifestyle to become fulltimers, and a lot of people thought we were crazy. 15 years later we’re still loving it and they envy us. The one regret almost every fulltimer tells us they have is that they didn’t start sooner. It’s never too soon to start living your dreams, folks. Unfortunately, we’ve also known a lot of people who waited too long and ran out of time. I’m glad we took the plunge when we did.

A lot of you have told me that you appreciate me telling you about books by my author friends, so here are a couple more. If you’re a Tony Hillerman fan (and who isn’t?), you’ll like Heart Chants by my friend Randy Attwood. And for science fiction fans, TR Harris has a good deal on a compilation of the first two books of The Human Chronicles Sagaon Amazon.

Thought For The Day – A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

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  6 Responses to “It’s Never Too Soon”

  1. Nick, I recently spent two weeks with my iMac locking up on me. After trying to isolate the problem, even setting my Carbonite backup utility to low priority, I finally disabled Carbonite, and voila, no more lookups. I’m not sure why I suddenly after two years had an issue, but it’s solved now. FYI

  2. Retired at age 55 and 49. Went RVing. ABSOLUTELY never regretted it a moment. In fact would have gone earlier if it had been possible. We too know people who waited too long or who put their lives on hold for others and now regret that they never got the chance to RV. It is not being selfish to do what you want to do while also helping friends and family. It can all be balanced out. We always returned to our FL home base while parents were alive to spend the winter with them. Then we kept in contact via phone usually daily or weekly as well as writing and sending them postcards on our summer travels. Elders were not tech savvy. Now they are gone we are free all year to go where we want. You only live once. Let the good times roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. We have been on the road for 10 yrs now and have not regretted it one tiny bit. Family thought we were crazy to give up the American dream of owning our own house, our comment to them is we are living the dream. We now spend our winter with our extended family in TX but still manage to be on the road six to eight months a year, we do not plan to hang up the keys anytime soon,

  4. I agree with Rick…your Mac issues are almost certainly software related. While a hardware problem is not out of the question I’ve been doing computer consulting a long time and constant crashes almost always come down to some broken software. Carbonite as Rick indicated, Mozy backup program is another offender. Some system add in that didn’t get upgraded when the OS was updated or some software that isn’t quite compatible with whatever version of the OS you’re running, constant use of the incremental software updates from Apple’s software update system vice using the Combo Updates which you would have to download manually. There are a whole list of potential issues and fixes…if you’re willing to spend the time to do some troubleshooting then I’m sure that either Rick or I would be happy to give you an assist. While all software has bugs…Apple’s typically have fewer bugs than Windows OS and apps do and you’re much less prone to malware. Given that the vast majority of Mac users are not having these issues then (absent a hardware problem) figuring out what the issue is and fixing it is more time consuming than anything else.

  5. Rick and Neil, I appreciate your input but this has been an issue since the day I bought the iMac and it has been back to Apple stores at least 5 times for repair. They have completely wiped the hard disk and reinstalled the OS and it has not solved the problem. Even the techs on their support line say “We need to give you a new computer.” But instead all I get is “Let’s try this first.” I will never own a Mac again.

  6. If “Apple” ever makes a car, will it have “windows”?

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